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our team at donaldson law.

At Donaldson Law every member of our team is an invaluable part of the way we work to achieve a meaningful and holistic result for all of our clients.

Over the last 20 years working in the law, Adair Donaldson has practiced across several areas, but always with a strong commitment to delivering lasting and meaningful solutions for his clients.

Adair is passionate about helping clients tell their stories, to ensure their voices are heard. He understands how important it is for clients to be able to trust their solicitor and he feels it is a privilege to have clients entrust him with their stories.

Adair was admitted as a solicitor in 1997, and he became a partner in the law firm Shannon Donaldson in 1999. In 2013 Shannon Donaldson was acquired by Shine Lawyers, and Adair worked for Shine as a Partner for over 3 years.

Adair Donaldson has appeared before Federal and State Parliamentary Committees to provide evidence with respect to addressing youth violence, alcohol related issues, and most recently in relation to abuse in the Australian Defence Force. In 2002 Adair was nominated for the Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association Civil Justice Award in Queensland, and in 2005 he, along with his business partner Peter Shannon, won this same award.

In 2016 Adair founded Donaldson Law to focus on a non-adversarial approach to achieving holistic legal solutions for his clients.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Bachelor of Business

Memberships

Queensland Law Society, Respectful Relationships Committee (NRL)
02 8076 6024 0427 625 977
Lisa Kinder
Lisa Kinder

Lisa Kinder

Special Counsel
Personal Injury Accredited Specialist

Lisa has worked in personal injuries compensation since 1993, and has been a Personal Injuries Accredited Specialist with the Queensland Law Society since 2001. Although she has over two decades of experience helping injured people get justice, she has found her real passion since she has been working exclusively with abuse survivors. Lisa has also been at the forefront in working with institutions in developing collaborative processes that deliver meaningful outcomes for survivors of abuse.

Lisa has often been described by her clients and colleagues as a down-to-earth straight shooter. They appreciate her honest and caring approach. It takes incredible courage for survivors to come forward and tell their stories, and Lisa considers it an honour to be entrusted with the responsibility of helping them get the acknowledgement and compensation they deserve. She considers it a privilege to be part of making a real difference to the lives of abuse survivors through using a collaborative approach which usually produces far more meaningful outcomes than a traditional litigious approach.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Accredited Specialist (Personal Injuries) - Qld
Personal Injury Accredited Specialist

Memberships

Queensland Law Society, Australian Lawyers Alliance
02 8076 6024 0438 502 669
Jacqueline Townsend
Jacqueline Townsend

Jacqueline Townsend

Special Counsel

Jacqui has over 20 years diverse legal experience in litigation, alternative dispute resolution and planning in the public and private sectors. Working closely with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse she felt drawn to assisting children, young people and adults navigate the often complex legal system. With an extensive background in negotiating legal solutions for public and private clients, Jacqui now wants to focus on individuals who have suffered trauma in their lives.

She has lived in Sydney all of her life and cares about sustainable living. With a Masters in Environmental Science and Law, Jacqui understands the impact that bad determinations can have on people’s lives and spent several years in local government striving to create stronger communities with equal focus on the built, green and social infrastructure.

Qualifications

LLB, MSciEnvLaw, GAICD

Memberships

Law Society of NSW, Planning Institute Australia
02 8076 6024 0414 793 826
Pat Kelly
Pat Kelly

Pat Kelly

Senior Associate

Pat grew up on sheep and cattle stations in far south west Queensland, and his down to earth and approachable manner were formed in this environment. Pat was drawn to the law through his strong sense of social justice and he is passionate about helping those who would otherwise not be in a position to help themselves.

Prior to joining Donaldson Law Pat had worked in civil litigation for 10 years. Focussing solely on representing people who had been injured. During this time, he built up a wealth of experience working with clients who had suffered trauma providing them with legal advice in an approachable and empathetic manner that instilled a sense of trust. He is a passionate advocate for the individual and derives a strong sense of satisfaction from getting the best possible outcomes for survivors of trauma.

Given Pat’s experience within civil litigation he was drawn to the Donaldson Law approach to managing claims and he mirrors Donaldson Law Director, Adair Donaldson’s, genuine desire to achieve the very best outcome for a client whilst supporting them through the process.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Memberships

Queensland Law Society, Australian Lawyers Alliance
02 8076 6024 0436 191 622
Bianca O'Neill
Bianca O'Neill

Bianca O’Neill

Senior Associate

Bianca has worked as a solicitor for almost a decade and in that time has gained extensive experience assisting people whose lives have been significantly impacted from injury.

In both a personal and professional sense Bianca has always found herself naturally drawn to helping to make a difference in other people’s lives, and it’s the satisfaction she gains from this that motivates her work as a solicitor. Working with survivors of abuse and advocating for their rights is a particular passion for Bianca, and her aim is to make a positive, lasting impact on both individuals and the community.

Away from Donaldson Law, Bianca enjoys working with her husband on their rural property.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws

Memberships

Queensland Law Society, Australian Lawyers Alliance, Downs and South Western Law Association
02 8076 6024 0427 590 310
Ria Clifford
Ria Clifford

Ria Clifford

Solicitor

Ria was admitted as a lawyer in 2001 and practiced in the area of taxation law, where she advised clients on complex commercial and taxation issues, with some of Queensland and Australia’s leading firms. Whilst drawing on her previous experience, Ria is gratified to have moved into an area of law that focuses on assisting people who have suffered unjustly.

Her attention to detail and integrity inform her practice of the law and the way she strives for the best outcome for all her clients. Ria is family orientated and her sensitive and committed approach to clients makes her a great asset to Donaldson Law.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Business

Memberships

Queensland Law Society
02 8076 6024 0409 492 362
Richard Gifford
Richard Gifford

Richard Gifford

Solicitor

Richard grew up in Toowoomba, in regional Queensland, but has spent the past ten years studying and working both overseas and in Brisbane. Richard was drawn to study law out of a strong sense of social justice and a desire to assist.

Richard has experience in criminal law, both in defence and in public prosecutions. His experience in criminal trials, particularly child abuse cases, highlighted to him how often they are a traumatic and stressful process for survivors. Often not giving them the outcome they had hoped for. It was this experience that ultimately drew him to the collaborative abuse law that Donaldson Law practices, assisting survivors in receiving an apology and recognition from the institution that wronged them and ensuring that institutions have made necessary changes that protect current and future generations.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Memberships

Queensland Law Society, Deputy Director of The Legal Forecast
02 8076 6024 0432 931 809
Marguerite Donaldson
Marguerite Donaldson

Marguerite Donaldson

Solicitor

Marguerite has worked in the legal industry since 2012. She first worked with Adair assisting survivors of child sexual abuse to tell their stories and seek reparation over 5 years ago. Since then she has had experience in the areas of public liability and medical negligence, acting for insurance companies as well undertaking study overseas.

Her original experience assisting survivors sparked a passion for this type of work and her subsequent time in personal injuries highlighted the benefits of a collaborative approach compared to standard practices. It is for these reasons that Marguerite is such a committed advocate for all her clients.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Memberships

Queensland Law Society
02 8076 6024 0400 949 603
Emily Myatt
Emily Myatt

Emily Myatt

Solicitor

Emily has over 4 years’ experience working in the legal industry in the areas of family law and personal injuries. She has a Bachelor of Laws and is currently studying her Masters in Applied Law as well as volunteering at a community legal centre.

Emily is a true people person and she derives a great sense of satisfaction from assisting people through the often difficult process of seeking justice for historical abuse. Her empathetic, easy-going and straightforward manner smoothes this process for our clients.

Qualifications

LLB (Honours), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Memberships

Queensland Law Society
02 8076 6024 0413 699 566
Rina Heyns
Rina Heyns

Rina Heyns

Solicitor

Rina has a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce and was drawn to the legal profession by her commitment to doing the right thing by clients and achieving good outcomes for them.

Rina is a dedicated athlete outside of work, and she brings the perseverance and dedication she has gained from competing over many years to her legal work, but still considers the attributes of humility and kindness as the most relevant when dealing with clients.

Qualifications

LLB, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Bachelor of Commerce

Memberships

Queensland Law Society
02 8076 6024 0439 025 951
Annabel Myatt
Annabel Myatt

Annabel Myatt

Solicitor

Annabel has experience working in both family law and personal injury law. She has worked in the legal profession since 2015, and was admitted as a lawyer in October 2016. Her stint in family law, particularly parenting matters, confirmed her genuine desire to improve situations for those experiencing stressful and emotional circumstances.

Being born and bred in Toowoomba, Annabel is active in the community and regularly volunteers her time at Rosies and the Toowoomba Blood Donor Centre. This is also extended into the sporting community where she plays women’s AFL for USQ Cougars.

Qualifications

LLB, Diploma of Legal Practice

Memberships

Queensland Law Society
02 8076 6024 0437 482 122
Alexis Darroch
Alexis Darroch

Alexis Darroch

Solicitor

Alexis has over a decade’s experience in the legal industry. Starting at NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office where he worked as both a paralegal and solicitor. He also has experience in the private sector and in claims management for insurance companies, focusing on public liability and medical negligence.

He was keen to move from claims management back into client and outcomes focused work that Donaldson Law offers. Alexis grew up in Newcastle, outside of work he has a keen interest in history and has completed further studies in ancient history.

Qualifications

LLB, Diploma of Legal Practice, Masters of Administrative Law and Policy

Memberships

Law Society of NSW
Fiona Lund
Fiona Lund

Fiona Lund

Paralegal

Fiona is a highly skilled and empathetic paralegal who has worked in the legal industry since 2007, with a focus on personal injury law since 2011. Having recently joined the Donaldson Law team, Fiona has been humbled by the strength and resilience of the survivors she assists.

She works closely with the rest of the team and the client to ensure each client’s legal journey with Donaldson Law is as smooth and positive an experience as possible. Fiona is particularly motivated by seeing clients obtain a successful restorative conclusion to their matter.

Kathryn Ingold
Kathryn Ingold

Kathryn Ingold

Paralegal

Kathryn is a dedicated member of the Donaldson Law team, who values the restorative approach to achieving meaningful outcomes for clients.

Her commitment, compassion and kindness underlie her communication style, which she has developed through many years working within the health, education, mental health and aged care sectors. Kathryn’s client focussed approach to her work makes her a valuable part of the team that supports clients through the legal process.

Lauren Somerfield
Lauren Somerfield

Lauren Somerfield

Paralegal

Lauren is a highly skilled paralegal who is also currently studying a Bachelor of Laws. She is passionate about social justice and sees it as her privilege to hear the stories of clients and assist them in a meaningful way.

Lauren was drawn to the Donaldson Law team after learning about the collaborative process the team use to resolve their clients claims. Lauren believes it is important to help her clients be the best they can be and always ensures her clients are treated with the highest level of personal care.

Anna MacDonald
Anna MacDonald

Anna MacDonald

Paralegal

Anna started with Donaldson Law in 2018 after working as a journalist with the ABC for 13 years in TV and radio news and current affairs. She has worked all around the country and overseas with the ABC.

Anna is currently studying law and is particularly motivated by assisting clients pursue justice through a trauma-informed approach. She is focused on ensuring clients are supported throughout their legal process.

Melinda Hall
Melinda Hall

Melinda Hall

Paralegal

Melinda grew up in North Queensland before studying psychology at university in Brisbane. She has worked extensively in the health sector, where she developed a passion for supporting clients and working to improve their outcomes.

Melinda decided to transfer her skills to the legal sector with Donaldson Law as she was attracted to being part of a passionate team committed to assisting survivors of sexual abuse through a collaborative process.

Katie Burge
Katie Burge

Katie Burge

Paralegal

Katie assists solicitors Pat Kelly and Annabel Myatt in supporting clients throughout their claim. Katie has the benefit of 9 years’ experience in the legal industry having worked in family law administration for barristers. Katie is passionate about promoting the collaborative approach to the resolution of matters, particularly where survivors of sexual abuse are concerned.

Katie is a Toowoomba local who holds a Diploma of Business and is currently studying law.

Rebecca O'Dwyer
Rebecca O'Dwyer

Rebecca O'Dwyer

Paralegal

Rebecca is a born and bred Queenslander and has worked in government, non-government and private practice in legal, youth justice, justice and health administration and mining sectors. She cut her teeth in the legal industry as a paralegal in Mackay in the mid 2000’s, and subsequently studied law whilst raising a family. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2015.

Her work and family life have taken her to regional and remote areas of Queensland and also abroad to work within the youth sector in London and regional England. Rebecca is process driven and values ethics and integrity at the centrepiece of all of the work she performs. She has a strong sense of social justice which is one of the many reasons why she loves being a part of the Donaldson Law team.

Letetia Layton
Letetia Layton

Letetia Layton

Admin. Co-ordinator and P.A.

Letetia brings a lifetime of experience in business operations to the Donaldson Law team. Her organisational prowess, attention to detail and efficient work style allow her to offer support of the highest standard to all members of our legal team.

As personal assistant to Adair Donaldson, Letetia maintains his diary and travel arrangements, and liaises with clients to organise his speaking engagements and presentations.

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